NAS has been working with leaders in arts and culture for over thirty years. It has been a key contributor to capacity-building in the arts and culture sector. Their initial focus on financial capacity-building, from 1983 to 2002, was realized through a national network of stabilization programs. The successful legacy of this work includes a now standard focus on balance sheet strategy and asset-building in arts and cultural organisations, the universal use of liquidity measurements as a metric for organisational health, and the incorporation of capitalization initiatives as a priority in funder driven programs across the United States.
Their mission expanded beyond financial capacity to help build overall leadership capacity beginning in 1996. NAS has developed the premiere executive education program for the arts and culture sector, using content developed with faculty at the leading business and graduate schools in the country; a unique team-centered classroom experience that brings together top executives, key staff, and key board members; framework-based models that can be readily adapted to each leader's specific circumstances; and a focus on application throughout the experience, in the classroom and in follow-on services, to enable real organisational change.
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